Jennifer CVPM, CVT
Jennifer Yurkon was raised on a dairy farm in Western, New York. Both of my parents had the opportunity to go to veterinary school but decided to have a family and raise us on the farm. This is where I was in heaven doing what I loved the most at this time in my life taking care of animals. As I have grown up I have changed the path slightly and went to veterinary technician school at SUNY Delhi. This is where I discovered I really liked being on a team helping heal hurt animals. Additionally, I had a real knack for leading the team. I have been in many leadership roles over my years in veterinary medicine. In my second job as a veterinary technician my boss saw much more of the leader in me then I realized. He left me in charge of training our team, flow of the hospital, inventory and growth of the hospital. These were big shoes to fill but I loved it. Within the past several years I have discovered more about me that I love being a leader of a dynamic team. My husband and my dream is to own and manage our veterinary hospital. I have decided I need to make my discovery and inspiration true. I finished my accomplishment of passing my Certified Veterinary Practice Manager's exam. At this point I am doing what I love, helping animals and helping people but with more options in helping people and building relationships which is with my team, my clients and others in the veterinary community. My husband is a graduate of veterinary medicine from Colorado State University. In my little spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband, which is typically enjoying a movie, exploring our new area or enjoying time with our pets. We are owned by an Australian Shepherd- Roo, a Boston Terrier- Zoom, 3 cats- Stinger, Stella and Chewy plus a very boisterous Guinea Pig- Miss Piggy. We are expecting our daughter at the end of September this year. We additionally, attend numerous continuing education meetings for veterinary medicine. We are closer to visit our moms more often and our new niece and nephews.
I have always had a passion for animals and have found an equal interest in learning the medical care for them.
I graduated from Commodore Perry High School then attended Penn State Shenango for 2 years studying nursing. I have worked at Baker Animal Hospital for over 18 years, I am one of the surgical technicians and have taken a certification course here for cold laser therapy. Gage and brothers Bacchus and Caius are my all black cats. In my spare time I enjoy music, reading, watching football, spending time with my family and weather permitting on Sunday afternoons you can find me on the golf course.
My name is Molly, I am 20 years old and I attended the Vet Tech Institute. I earned my certified veterinary technician in July 2018. I joined the Happy Tales team in March of 2018. I have a 4-year-old Chihuahua named Feta who I rescued when I was in school. My life passion is taking care of animals.
My name is Alana, I was originally a Certified Nurse’s Aide, I soon discovered that my passion was taking care of animals. After some planning, I attended the Vet Tech Institute and graduated from the program. Waiting to sit for my licensing examination in the middle of July of 2020. I joined the Happy Tales Team after an internship with them in March of 2020. I am looking forward to continuing to grow as a veterinary technician and taking care of animals that are in need. I am currently owned by two Labrador Retriever brothers Thor and Loki, and the two girls Toph and Naga who I rescued from school as well as 4 cats Odin, Freya, Stark and Princess Cookies.
Katie is one of our Veterinary Technician’s, currently studying with San Juan College to complete her A.A.S in Veterinary Technology. Katie uses her everyday skills on the job to help hone her competencies for school and will have her CVT when her studies are completed. Katie has a diverse background in agriculture and animal science. A 2011 graduate from WVU with a B.S. in Agriculture and Extension Education, Katie taught as a high school Agriculture Educator from 2011-2017. She specialized in small animal and veterinary sciences; teaching students hands on learning. Furthering her passion for animals and veterinary science, Katie went on to work at a canine reproduction veterinary clinic in 2017. She has joined our team with great enthusiasm and spunk in all she does this includes daily serenading . Katie enjoys spending time with her ‘herd’ at home; which includes her dog, Maggie, indoor pig - Pig Pig, cats and her bearded dragon, Roxie. When Katie is not at work she enjoys her hobby of dog grooming and working on projects around the house.
My name is Delaney, I am a recent graduate from The Vet Tech Institute of Pittsburgh. I have loved animals my whole life and have always wanted to work in the veterinary field. I plan to take the VTNE in July to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. I started at Happy Tales Veterinary Hospital as an intern in January and became part of the team as an assistant in March. I am owned by two dogs, Gigi and Mottley and 2 cats, Bubblegum and T-Rex.
I have been working as a receptionist at the Animal Hospital for 12 years. Before Baker Animal Hospital I lived in Delaware for 8 years and worked for Wilmington Animal Hospital. I am originally from Hermitage, PA. When I am not at Baker Animal Hospital, I enjoy Steeler football, Duke basketball, doing crafts, working in my flower beds and walking at Buhl Park. I have been married to my husband Russ for 20 years. We have 2 sons, Steven, who is a police officer in Ohio and Greg, a senior at Hickory High School. We also share our home with our 12 year old Golden Retriever "Bentley" and a 11 year old kitty named Radar.
Tracy has been working in the veterinary field for 20 years. She lives in Mercer with her husband, Pete, and daughter, Taylor. They have 1 dog, Zoey, 3 cats, Miley, Sonny and Buddy, plus a guinea pig, Ferguson. Tracy enjoys reading, spending time with family and watching her daughter play travel fast pitch softball.
Vickie became part of the team in January 2018 and truly loves her job at the Happy Tales front desk. She lives in Hermitage with her husband Ed and two children Alexa and Dominic. They also share their home with their German Shephard Rocky, Great Danes Ruby and Stella and Kiki Cat. In her spare time, Vickie loves spending time with her family, cuddling with her fur babies and traveling.
My name is Lauren Frazier. I am a Certified Veterinary Assistant with Certifications in Pet Diet and Nutrition and Cat Management and Training. I love all animals, but have a particular interest in companion pets. My husband Mark and I have 4 children, Camden, Cole, Lexie and Markus. We also have a Boxer named Lennox, 2 inside cats named Letty and Pete and four outside cats named Lelee, Snowball, Mr. Grey and Boo Boo. In my free time, I love spending time with my husband, taking walks with my dog and volunteering with my children’s activities. I coach my daughter’s cheerleading squad, and support Hickory CC and Hermitage Little League! I am a Pittsburgh fan and enjoy watching the Steelers and the Pirates! My highest goal at Happy Tales is to develop personal relationships with owners and provide compassionate care to pets!
I am 2014 graduate of the University of Findlay where I studied animal science, equine business management, and western riding and training. I have also completed my MBA at the University of Findlay. I am now enrolled at Penn Foster to become a licensed veterinary technician. I currently live in Greenville with my husband, three cats, two horses, and dog. When I am not working or studying, I enjoy reading, riding horses, and spending time with my family.
My name is Hailey! I am currently enrolled in Penn Foster in the Veterinary Technician program. I grew up in Las Vegas, NV, and moved to Pittsburgh in 2010. I LOVE reptiles! I’m an aspiring DVM, and plan to work towards my PhD in Herpetology/Ophiology. I am extremely passionate about the care and wellbeing for animals all shapes and sizes. Furry, feathery, scaley, and everything in between. It is absolutely wonderful to be working with the Happy Tales team. I hope to meet you and your furry friends sometime!
Taylor pictured with her boys, Oliver and Fletcher both adopted from Baker Animal Hospital. I was born and have lived in Sharpsville my entire life. I was a graduate of Sharpsville High School and have a bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. I was previously a manager at Avalon Golf Course & Country Club before beginning my career at Baker Animal Hospital. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, attending sporting events and vacationing! I am still living in Sharpsville with my two kittens Oliver and Fletcher. Taylor is off to veterinary school at Colorado State University!
Alivia is a junior at Clarion University studying Biology with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Leadership and a minor in Chemistry. She has a 3.96 GPA and is on track to graduate next spring. Alivia is involved with the Golden Eagle Marching Band Majorettes where she served as captain for two years and a member for three. She is also involved with Delta Zeta where she has gained many community service hours and leadership skills. Alivia volunteers at a local animal shelter in Clarion and performs research where she is testing ticks found in Clarion Borough area for Lyme Disease. Her favorite thing to do at the Vet’s office is staining cytology slides and her favorite animal is an otter.
My name is Haley, and I joined the Happy Tales team in May 2020 after completing my first year of veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania. I originally come from Western Massachusetts and am the proud puppy parent to my seven-year old Lab mix (Mocos) and recently acquired 8-month-old Golden Doodle (Archie). In my free time, I enjoy hiking, board games, reading, yoga, and snuggling the puppies. I am very excited to spend the summer learning from all the team here at Happy Tales, developing relationships with clients and patients, and exploring this charming corner of PA.